The Dodgers have signed free agent right-handed reliever Tyler Thornburg after he cleared waivers from the Red Sox.
In case you missed it (because I did), Tyler Thornburg signed with the Dodgers a few days after being released by the Red Sox
— Rob Bradford (@bradfo) July 29, 2019
Thornburg simply seemed like a fit for the Dodgers and is a pretty Friedman-style acquisition considering his makeup and repertoire.
A Friedman guy if I’ve ever seen one pic.twitter.com/IaoSPoWwaL
— Future Dodgers (@FutureDodgers) July 11, 2019
While his numbers are not good in 2019 — 7.71 ERA in 16 games — on a minor league deal with his great makeup, it is well worth the risk.
Dodgers Nation recently wrote why Thornburg was an elite fit for the Dodgers.
Thornburg was acquired by the Red Sox from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for infielder Travis Shaw ahead of the 2017 season. Boston had viewed Thornburg as a young, controllable, elite reliever, but injuries including thoracic outlet syndrome leading to having a rib removed made him ineffective during his time with the Sox.
The Dodgers have signed Tyler Thornburg, cut by BOS after a 7.71 ERA (source: https://t.co/ssABKkbMdm)
— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) July 29, 2019
He holds a lifetime 3.47 ERA and 4.37 DRA. Chances are, he does not make it back to the big leagues this year, and if so, as a September call-up.